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Will The Cup of Ghosts Be Your Cup of Tea?

I’m not generally a fan of mysteries, except for those of P. D. James, but if it’s about Edward II, I’ll buy it, so naturally I eagerly awaited The Cup of Ghosts by the amazingly prolific Paul Doherty (not only does he manage two or three novels a year, he’s a school headmaster). It’s the

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A Disappointing Look at a Controversial Queen

Thanks to Alianor, who sent me a photocopy, I just finished Alianor by Maureen Peters. (It’s not every day you get to write a sentence like that.) This is a 1984 historical novel about Eleanor of Provence, Henry III’s queen. It’s easier to find in the UK than in the US, apparently, but whether it’s

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Headless Woman Cover? No, It’s a Faceless Author Picture

For those who have asked, here’s a rearview picture of me in my dress, wimple, and hat (I’m ever so bashful). I think I’m going to replace the wimple with just a veil, since either covers my hair quite adequately and the veil is somewhat more flattering. I know the lacing is crooked, but it

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Historical Accuracy, An Esoteric Reference to Dickens, and an Invite

Over the weekend, J. Peder Zane, the book columnist in the Raleigh, North Carolina, News & Observer, had this to say about the topic of accuracy in historical fiction (here’s a link to the entire column): “Of course, “The Da Vinci Code” is a novel. But it raises the question of what responsibility works of

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Please Stop Dissing Eleanor de Clare’s Mum

As today is Mother’s Day, I couldn’t resist posting about Joan of Acre, mother of the heroine of The Traitor’s Wife, Eleanor de Clare. Joan’s taken some hard knocks at the hands of novelists lately, and this is a Mother’s Day plea on the poor lady’s behalf. The most detailed account of Joan’s life that

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